A crowd of more than 100 filled the Cloverdale City Council chamber Wednesday night, mostly to register objections to hefty water and sewer rate increases. The City Council was able to lessen the sting by approving new rates that are a little less than what originally was proposed for the first year, but utility bills still will spike.
Owning a pub can have its advantages in small-town politics. Mary Ann Brigham, owner of Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub, took a two-year hiatus from the Cloverdale City Council, but it didn’t hurt when she ran for re-election. Brigham cruised to victory in the City Council race on Tuesday, capturing 41 percent of the vote. Incumbent Bob Cox retained his seat, with 32 percent of the vote, defeating fellow incumbent Gus Wolter, who received 27 percent.
There’s a new face on the Cloverdale City Council. Robert M. “Bob” Cox, a member of the city’s Planning Commission, will fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Councilwoman Mary Ann Brigham.
Want to serve on the Cloverdale City Council? Step right up. There’s an opening created by the unexpected resignation of Councilwoman Mary Ann Brigham. Rather than spend $16,000 to $26,000 on a special election, the council will appoint a replacement.
Three-term Cloverdale City Councilwoman Mary Ann Brigham abruptly resigned her position Wednesday, citing a desire to spend more time with her family and downtown pub. It is too late to put the seat on the November ballot. Now the council must decide whether to appoint a replacement or hold a special election.